Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Delicious classic pineapple upside down cake recipe | jessicagavin.com

There’s a wave of innovative and ultra modern desserts out there nowadays, but I found myself in the mood for some  nostalgic baked treats that make people reminisce of the good ol’ days. Thats why this recipe calls for a delicious classic pineapple upside-down cake, yum! This is one of the timeless dessert creations that make me think of the days of Julia Child, white lace aprons, and dad carving the turkey.

I make this recipe because my hubby LOVES it. Jason grew up very lucky as his mom and grandma would create elegant homemade feasts. This particular dessert is a special treat that his grandma Rose whips together and he always is so happy when he gets a warm slice. I remember the first  time I ever tried her version fresh from the oven, I was shocked how amazing it was. I had been missing out all of this time!… 

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies | jessicagavin.com

Me like COOKIES! I sure do, always have, and always will. My fondest memories as a kiddo was making some Nestle Toll House cookies. You know the ones where you slice them from the tube and pop them in the oven? They were gone in an instant. I’ve been searching for a really long time for a go-to classic chocolate chip recipe, however I seem to keep coming up short in the flavor and texture department.

My sister-in-law Svetlana makes the most incredible cookies so I knew she would have the answer to my cookie conundrum and boy was it fun testing each batch! I’ll tell you right now, these browned butter chocolate chip pecan cookies have the most incredible flavor I’ve ever tasted from a homemade cookie, read more to find out why…. 

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White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies

Stack of White Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cookies | jessicagavin.com

Don’t you really have a hard time turning away a cookie, or two, especially when they are freshly baked? Tell me its not just me! One of my sweet friends just had an adorable baby girl a month ago, so I definitely wanted to drop off some treats for the happy and hungry parents. The new mommy requested some white chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to give it a little summer twist. Enter this irresistible white chocolate cherry pecan cookie recipe. Yep, it’s a mouth full to say, but a delicious nibble of happiness in cookie form…. 

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Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding

Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding | jessicagavin.com

There are two things that I love most about summer, the sunshine and the stone fruit! I just can’t resist a super ripe juicy peach. I made this peach and blueberry bread pudding recipe but I couldn’t decide if this was a breakfast or a dessert, so I’ve been enjoying it for both meals! yum

I was also inspired to make this irresistible bread pudding because I received a gorgeous loaf of cinnamon brioche bread baked by the OC Baking Company. My sweet friend and neighbor Erica made a trip to our local Old Towne Orange Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. Jason and I couldn’t possibly eat the whole loaf in a day or two, so I knew that I needed to make the leftovers into something really special. This recipe seriously blew my mind, keep reading to find out why and be ready to make some at home!… 

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Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe

Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe - inspired by Chef Thomas Keller | jessicagavin.com #thomaskeller #buchonbakery

Hello! You have just stumbled upon one of my all time favorite recipes, flaky, nutty, creamy almond croissants. These beautiful crescents are first made with lots of TLC to create all of the incredible laminated layers, and then filled with the most luscious almond cream. Indeed they are undeniable my culinary cryptonite. So where do all the poor croissant orphans go when no one wants them? Not to fear, they get a makeover and become even more awesome as tasty almond croissants!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

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Jumbo Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Skillet

Incredible Spicy Garlic Shrimp Ready To Eat | jessicagavin.com #skillet

I’ve been craving shrimp and grits in the worst way since Mardi Gras, so now is time to feed the beast! The movie Forest Gump really put shrimp on its well deserved pedestal, so much so that the popularity of the movie spurred a chain of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants!

Shrimp on it’s own is so yummy, with the slight sweetness and mild flavor, versatility and rapid cooking, it’s everything you would want in a healthy meal. This spicy garlic shrimp and tomato skillet is super quick, easy and delicious, leaving you licking your fingers clean and asking for more!… 

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Crunchy Honey Mustard Salmon with Ginger Citrus Sauce

crunchy-honey-mustard-salmon-with-ginger-citrus-sauceCool salty ocean breezes, warm white sand beneath my toes, ahhh I am so ready for a trip to paradise! But alas, my dreams will have to wait until the fall. I’ve been doing a lot of travel research for an upcoming trip to the Caribbean. My best friend Jasmin is planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, and boy do those all-inclusive resorts with endless food and drinks look a-mazing!

I got a little food inspiration from day dreaming of fruity rum cocktails with those cute colorful umbrellas on the beach. To give our salmon Monday’s a little bit of island and Asian twist, I came up with an irresistibly simple crunchy honey mustard salmon with ginger citrus sauce recipe. If you’re ready for an exotic food getaway then keep reading…

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Creamy Pea and Bacon Risotto with Mint

Creamy pea and bacon risotto with mint | jessicagavin.com

Aww man this spring fever has hit our family hard! Our lil guy James got a cold and on top of that he’s teething. No bueno. So of course the rest of the family is gradually getting sick. Jason refers to James’s drool as getting slimed. Not to despair though, sometimes a big bowl of chicken soup will do the trick, but how about a nice hearty creamy bowl of pea and bacon risotto to make you feel all warm and cozy?… 

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Savory Ham and Asparagus Quiche Recipe

delicious ham vegetable quiche | jessicagavin.com

Quiche combines my two favorite meal times together, breakfast and dessert. Thank you quiche! I just love saying that word. You can’t get any more decadent then filling a tender buttery crust with rich savory egg custard. For this year’s Easter brunch make sure you have this delicious ham and asparagus quiche on the table. You wouldn’t have thanksgiving without pumpkin pie would you? Make sure this spring staple is served nice and warm. I guarantee it will be devoured by your guests!… 

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